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Cannabis DNA database being developed
Monday, 09 January 2017 09:11

imageA genetic science project which aims to sequence the DNA of every strain of marijuana in the world could also benefit police forces across the globe, making it easier to identify both national and international smuggling networks.

The database could enable law enforcement agencies to track the source of shipments and provide a direct link between importers and lower-level sellers.

Pylos Bioscience, based in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2015 by microbiologist Mowgli Holmes to bring more consistency to the recreational marijuana and medical marijuana business. The drug is currently legal in eight states for recreational use and available for medical use in a further 21 states.

Phylos has 17 full-time employees and has put together a collection of cannabis strains that includes rare, ancient, specimens from museums and herbariums in Thailand, Colombia, and a dozen other countries including the UK. Marijuana breeders and private collectors from around the world have also contributed samples from their personal stashes. 

New border control unit to improve safety, efficiency - Saint Lucia
Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:44

The Customs and Immigration departments along with the Marine Unit will soon form a new entity, the Border Control Unit.

The Border Control Unit will significantly augment the operations of Saint Lucia’s airports and seaports, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Sen. Hon. Hermangild Francis said.

All officers assigned to the unit will receive training.

“Two senior officers—one, a former comptroller of Customs and the other, a senior immigration officer—are tasked with making the recommendations,” Sen. Francis said. “As a tourist destination, we must make the transitions from the airplane or ship to the waiting bus a much quicker process.”

The Border Control Unit is expected to be launched in 2017.


Source: Saint Lucia Times

Guadeloupe: Nearly 50 kilos of cocaine found in a fish container
Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00


DRUG The estimated value for resale of this merchandise, on the European continent, is around 1.7 million euros ...

Guadeloupe customs officers have made a stunning discovery. Saturday night, they seized nearly 50 kilos of cocaine in a container of fish, in the port area of ​​Jarry in Baie-Mahault.

"It was almost a routine check that led to that seizure" said Jean-Damien Moustier, Head of the Caribbean branch of Ocrtis, the Central Office for the Suppression of Illicit Traffic in Narcotics: the drug was concealed in a refrigerated container that had been damaged. As a result of this refrigeration problem, the container, proceeding from Surinam, loaded with frozen fish destined to Belgium, was "diverted" and checked by the Raizet Customs Surveillance Brigade.

"42 packages of cocaine" valued at nearly 1.7 million euros

During this inspection, "42 packages of cocain" were discovered, "approximately 48.5 kilos of product", for an estimated value for resale, on the European continent, of nearly 1.7 million euros . "It's significant," said Jean-Damien Moustier, "even if this happens more often in Martinique than Guadeloupe." The investigation was given to the Ocrtis detachment of Guadeloupe. Many cocain seizures are achieved in the Caribbean, due to the closeness with the three main producers countries, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia. At the beginning of October, some 55 kg of cocaine and 65 kg of marijuana, a total of 120 kg of drugs, had been seized in the Caribbean Sea by the Germinal surveillance frigate of the French Navy in the FWI.

Source: 20 Minutes

The Mexican Army seizes more than 220 kilograms of cocaine in the port of Manzanillo, Colima
Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00


The drug was hidden inside heavy rollers to grind stone.

Mexico City, November 8, 2016.-

The Army-Navy Secretariat of Mexico reports that personnel assigned to the Sixth Naval Region secured yesterday at the port of Manzanillo, Colima, over 220 kilograms of a substance showing characteristics of cocain. This substance was concealed inside the rollers of a crushing machine, which was loaded aboard the ship "Laura Maersk", Denmark flag. The final destination was the port of Manzanillo.

This action was achieved as a result of naval intelligence work. Combined efforts between staff of the Secretariat of the Navy and the Maritime Customs of Manzanillo led to the inspection of the container with canine teams, which confirmed the said illicit cargo was transported inside the rollers of the stone crushing machine, where 130 brick-shaped packages and three bags containing bulk drug were located.

The insured cargo from Arica, Chile, yielded a gross weight of 228.4 kilograms of cocain and was handed over to the authorities of the federation, to include in their investigation portfolio.

It is noteworthy that with these actions,  the Government of the Republic, through the departments belonging to the Security Cabinet, contribute to maintain peace in the community and endorse the commitment to fight against organized crime, using all available resources provided by the Law, always in strict respect to Human Rights.

Source : Gob.Mx

St Kitts Hosted the CCLEC Executive Committee (EXCO) Meeting
Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:41

DSC_8804_3The St Kitts and Nevis Customs and Excise Division hosted the EXCO meeting from November 8-9, 2016.  Customs Comptrollers and representatives from fourteen nations were present at the meeting including Canada and the USA.

The meeting considered a number of initiatives including:

  • The draft treaty
  1. Organizational change
  2. Implementation of RCS2016 and SailClear
  3. Implementation of a customs valuation risk database
  4. Development and accreditation of CCLEC’s training modules
  5. MOUs with strategic partners

The CCLEC which was established in the 1970s has been operating as an informal organisation however it is actively pursuing the formalization of the organisation through a treaty.  This is an issue of monumental significance for the organization as it seeks to increase support for its programmes through donor funding and enhance information sharing.

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